Everyone prepares to sell everything in advance of Oliver’s Experimental German Therapy, while Emma, Tyrone and Fiz get their charitable heads into fund-raising mode. The Daniel and Nicky storyline moves from creepy af to Pretty Woman territory as she seems to fall for his white knight ways. Talking of which, Peter’s obsession with helping out Abi comes back to bite him on the bum thanks to Debbie’s Olympic standard jumping to conclusions. Michael has no idea of the types of faces Grace is pulling behind his back. Billy and his man-bag are on the receiving end of a virtual Eileen Smash. Tim’s Dad has taken to carrying thousands of pounds in cash on his person. Mary and Brian declare World War Three.
Oliver doesn’t seem to be long for this world, which Leanne chooses to ignore, while Nick manages to use this to disguise his emotions about his newly discovered secret son. Billy and his manbag spend the best part of the week tracking down Paul, and then sanctimoniously telling Paul how he should feel about Kel’s demise. Ray Weinstein shows an unnatural interest in buying Number 8, surely not so he can usurp David and tell Gail it’s HIS house. Daniel and Adam try to out-bore each other while Kirk’s detective skills are left somewhat exposed. Abi finds a trouble shared is a trouble doubled as both Kev and Debbie hear about her recent dalliance with the muck. Mary appears to be developing feelings for an undertaker. Dev makes a spreadsheet.
Tim does the best bit of being Tim he’s ever done as he gets laid into Tim’s Dad about bullying Yasmeen. Dev is losing money hand over fist almost as quick as Asha and ITV Corey are forgetting what their characters are supposed to be like. Daniel leaves 26 messages for Nicky, which seems to make her come to the conclusion that she likes his harassing attention. David’s back garden disappears down a hole that unfortunately refuses to take the New Shona with it. Billy has suspicions about the whereabouts of Kel. Nick and Steve bump into an old flame in a hospital car park. The New Shona eats a banana. Sally works the switch.
Not many chuckles in this week’s Corrie. Tim’s Dad’s vendetta against Alya backfires somewhat as both Tim and Faye are growing increasingly suspicious of his behavior. Scott and Johnny continue to dance around the reason they know each other, but we do learn that whatever it was happened 30 years ago and it wasn't a great day for a security guard. When Nicky tells Daniel to stop contacting her, Daniel hears her tell him to contact her frequently, even when Adam approaches him about her occupation. Shona gives us a flash of her bra at Maxine’s bench before prudish Jenny puts the kibosh on anything further. Dev cutting Cathy’s hours at the kebab shop is surprisingly affecting. Sean is down in the dumps. Peter loves a meeting. David takes care of the dishes.
A little bit of a nothing burger on the cobbles this week. Abi manages to pilfer a bottle of morphine out of the hospital and by Peter, but he’s on to her. This immediately causes trouble between Abi and Debbie, because Abi can’t be allowed to be happy for any length of time. Todd’s mysterious re-entry into the Street remains unclear but gives Craig another chance to breach his numerous confidences with his employer to inform Billy and Sean that Todd had previously been found and acquitted. Not even a world famous brunch is enough for Jenny to be impressed by Johnny’s return from France, and Scott is very keen to have a quick word. Daniel sees his creepiness from last week and ups it to double creepiness this week. Paul and Gemma get ready to rhumble. Tim’s Dad hates hoovering.
It’s a Pachelbel's Canon in D kind of week on Corrie. Despite Adam’s concerns, Maria and Gary manage to get to their Bistro wedding where David is keen to see their rings. Faye has Tim’s ear with regards to Tim’s Dad's behavior towards Sally and so Tim and Sally decide to hightail it to Gina’s for some peace. Gemma meets up with Vanessa, sets up an online mammas and babies group, and plans a birthday party for Paul, all the while managing to convince the entire world that she’s depressed. Abi has the best excuse ever for missing the farewell to the twins when a polystyrene engine falls on her clavicle. Todd might be back. Sean needs a pee. Mary falls asleep against an exterior bannister. Daniel is creepy. Again.
It’s another cracking week on The Cobbles. David delivers the best one syllable line of dialogue so far this year as Gary grows increasingly worried that Sarah has spilled his murderous beans. Abi calls on Saint Sebastian to put in a good work with social services and let her see the twins one last time. Bernie finds Chesney wondering lost and aimless at Dev’s and learns about Gemma’s rekindling of a friendship. Faye once more descends Stairs of Knowledge and gets a glimpse of Tim’s Dad’s dark side. Steve threatens Nina with a frozen sausage. Imran gets a casserole.
Sarah is left in a quandary regarding Gary saving her life, and Adam bugging her continually about watches and Rick the Chin. Abi is made to feel like a bad mother by allowing the twins to start a new life in Australia. Leanne meets an old acquaintance from her ante natal days and finds herself lying about Oliver’s health. Tim’s Mum is accosted on the street by Tim’s Dad and then disappears, while Sally and then Faye continue to air their suspicions to an unlistening Tim. Kirk speed eats pork scratchings. Gemma sits in front of some very unfortunate lighting.
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We loved Corrie this week, helped, we think, by focussing on fewer storylines. Elaine agrees to testify against Tim’s Dad but not before she reveals her true identity to Tim, who isn’t in the mood to believe her. We discover that Mary has a penchant for Italian opera, Sean is addicted to Tipping Point, and Eileen is trapped in Thailand. Ed learns how to set up a Zoom call. Aggie is self-quarantining. The discovery of a wrist-watch causes all of Gary’s spinning plates to abruptly start crashing to the ground. No mannequins were injured in the making of this episode.
It’s a coronatastic week on Coronation Street! Fake Charity Lady, Elaine, shows up to tell Yasmeen of her experiences of Tim’s Dad which eventually leads to a nightmare sequence with three Tim’s Dads. Misery guts Seb is suffering from existential angst according to Emma while Abi moves in with Kev and Jack and gets on with her life. Toyah is reluctant to talk about fostering. Daniel deals with his grief in the creepiest way possible, which costs him £150 an hour. Aggie is running herself ragged. Adam’s obsession with Gary finally bears fruit but he has to face the fury of Sarah. Brian’s Christmas present from Cathy meets an unfortunate and violent end.